Sprachenpolitik in Europa – Tatsachen und Perspektiven

Konrad Ehlich


This paper characterizes the linguistic situation in Europe in the context of the global language

situation. It describes the significance of the "Project Nation" for the European national languages.

European unification after World War II is examined in terms of its linguistic consequences in a

number of linguistically sensitive areas such as the economy and science. The language-political

activities of the European Council and the European Union are characterized. A distinct language

concept is necessary for furthering the linguistic development of Europe – such a language concept

should take into account the teleological, the gnoseological and the communitary dimension of

language in equal measure. I argue against a pseudo-solution for the language question through the

propagation of a "lingua franca" and instead plead for a complex linguistic education concept for

Europe, in which multilingualism is regarded and language-politically stated as a cultural and

intercultural challenge. Central to this concept is the development of a workable hermeneutics.

Keywords: Schlüsselbegriffe: Europa, „Projekt Nation“, europäische Vereinigung, Europarat, EuropäischeUnion, „lingua franca“, Mehrsprachigkeit, Interkulturalität, Hermeneutik, teleologische,gnoseologische, kommunitäre Dimension von Sprache

Europe, “Project Nation”, European unification, European Council, European Union,“lingua franca”, multilingualism, interculturalism, hermeneutics, teleological, gnoseological,

communicatory dimension of language

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5842/38-0-55


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